This ride has now passed.
Thanks to all the riders who took part in the Great Kent bike ride on Sunday to raise money for the East Kent Hospitals Charity. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and the event was a huge success with just over 1000 people taking part! The pictures from the ride are available here:
Come and explore a varied landscape of ancient towns, gentle hills and unspoilt shingle beaches - and raise money for the East Kent Hospitals Charity. With two great routes to choose between, there's something for everyone!
Choose one of two circular, on road, routes of approx 35 or 60 miles, starting in Ashford and taking you over gentle wooded hills through unspoilt countryside to where the Garden of England meets the Sea! Heading back in time across
Romney Marsh, the routes split at Newchurch. The shorter route then follows quiet country lanes through pretty villages, while the longer route heads on to meet the coast at St. Mary’s Bay and through the open landscape of the Denge and Walland marshes to the ancient ‘smuggler’s capital’ of Rye, before bringing you back across the Isle of Oxney through Tenterden to meet the short route and finish at North Park in the heart of Ashford.
ENTER ON THE DAY - between 8-10am at North Park, come and find us in the Bike Events tent. The cost is £18 per person, £8.50 for 14-16 yr olds. PARKING - you can park all day free of charge in one of the nominated car parks near to North Park. Collect a permit from us in the Bike Events tent to display in your vehicle.
"Back home after a fantastic day's ride with @BikeEventsTeam. Sun, sea (and sadly wind) but couldn't have asked for a better day! #goodtimes" F. B.
"Chilling after the Great Kent Bike ride! Big thanks to @BikeEventsTeam for a very well organised events. Defo on the calendar for next year!" H. W.
|Start||North Park, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL|
|Finish||North Park, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL|
|Distance||Long Route:60 miles Medium Route: 35 miles|
|Challenge Rating||Long Route
Short Route |
|Getting There: Car||From South Coast A27 > A259 > A2070
All other directions > M20 J10, follow signs to International Station, then pick up Bike Events signs to the Start.
Free parking available all day - permit included in entry pack to display when parked.
|Getting There: Train||Nearest station is Ashford International. Please check with operator regarding carriage of bikes.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950
|Start Times||8:00am to 10:00am|
|Local Info||ROUTE INFO: Both 35 and 60 mile routes are mostly flat with only 2 small hills (1 of which is steep) on the return section of the long route between Rye and Tenterden. Road/hybrid/mountain bike suitable. Road / hybrid (city-bikes) recommended on long route.
|Other Info||Minimum age - long route 16 yrs
Mimimum age - medium route 14 yrs
Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
All riders are required to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**
|Pricing||Entry Pack 35 or 60 miles (£17.50)|
Kids Entry 35 or 60 miles (£8.50)
Student Entry 35 or 60 miles (£12.50)
Team Entry 35 or 60 miles (£16.50)
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